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Research interests

I am an Assistant Professor of Social Studies Education (UD1) at the University of Groningen with a passion for combining educational experience and theory. 

I am a Chair of the Gamma Cluster (History, Geography, Economics, Latin/Greek, Philosophy, Civics, and Religious Studies) and a Staff Member of the Interuniversity Center for Educational Research (ICO). Moreover, I am a Board Member of the Groningen War and Resistance Center (OVCG) and the Royal Netherlands Historical Society. I am also a Jury Member of the Dutch History Teacher of the Year election, Comenius Network Member, and Editorial Board Member of the peer-reviewed scientific journals HERJ and Dimensies.

Specialties: Citizenship education, use of AR/VR in education, (student) teachers' professional development, teaching and learning of social studies, educational assessment. 


Tim Huijgen (1985) was raised in a family of educators. Between 1998 and 2004, Tim attended pre-university education at the Drachtster Lyceum. In 2004, he started with his Bachelor of Arts in History at the University of Groningen which he completed in 2007. Between 2007 and 2009, he finished two masters at the University of Groningen: A Master of Arts in History and a Master of Arts in Education in the field of history and civics. He graduated his Master of Arts in Education with honor.

In 2008, Tim started to work as a history teacher at the Stadslyceum (a secondary school for senior general secondary and pre-university education) in Groningen. In 2010, he also began to work as an educational textbook author and as a course development officer at the University of Groningen. Between 2011 and 2012, he was the coordinator of the Educational Minor program. Besides this function, he also started to work as a history teacher educator as a colleague of dr. Paul Holthuis. In 2011, Tim became a certified teacher educator of the Dutch Association for Teacher Educators and and he obtained his University Teaching Qualification in 2012.

In august 2012, his PhD research proposal on historical contextualization was awarded a grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and he became a PhD candidate at the Department for Teacher Education of the University of Groningen, while he continued to work as a history teacher educator and as a secondary school history teacher.

Tim has published articles on the teaching and learning of history in international scientific and professional journals and presented his work in international and national context. He was also a member of different review and audit panels (e.g., Netherlands Institute for Curriculum Development, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders). Moreover, he is a reviewer for journals such as Education Inquiry, Historical Encounters, and Theory & Research in Social Education.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education

Education/Academic qualification

Leadership, Inclusive Leadership, Talent to the Top

Award Date: 6-Oct-2021

Leadership, Coaching PhD students, University of Groningen


Education, UTQ, University of Groningen


Leadership, Academic Leadership I, University of Groningen

Feb-2024 → …

External positions

History Teacher, Stadslyceum, Groningen



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